Ruins in Wang Bamu, Thimphu

by Ugyen Norbu June. 06, 2017 980 views

There are numerous ruins of old monasteries and traditional houses dotted across the country, most of them from earlier than 1970s.

Some of the traditional buildings are in ruin as the inhabitant family generation ceased to exist due to disease, high infant mortally and low life expectancy which was prevalent in country, which started to improve drastically since 1990s with immense expenditure and effort from the government.

However, some of the ruins, like the ones shown in the picture here in Wang Bamu, are in ruin as the owner of these traditional buildings has either abandoned the property or surrendered to the government.

People in Wang valley practices seasonal migration between Thimphu, in summer, and Punakha, in winter, for suitability of climate. Owing to the practice, many inhabitants own land and house in both the valleys. As the tax on properties and livestock was substantively high during early half of 20th century in the country, many farmers opted their wet land for paddy cultivation over their houses. Thus, they were abandoned in ruins.

Today, with no hint of such extensive tax and hardship, this ruins say very less of its past, and make a picturesque scene to the visitors.

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Ram Ya 4 years, 1 month ago

What a beautiful light at this hour. I think the color of these ruins really amplifies the natural colors as well.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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Ugyen Norbu Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for your time visiting my post...

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 1 month ago

Hello Ugyen. One of the photo app edits I use is Topaz (Denoise, Clarity, Lenseffect, Adjust, B&W effects). It is not expensive and it helps a lot in making your pictures more "alive" and more "appealing". Hope this helps my friend. Another thing is that I always take pictures in RAW mode so that I can tweak them much more easily afterwards.

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Ugyen Norbu Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you very much for your tips AG.... I used only Lightroom, now I will buy the new software you have recommended... I have bought some online courses from Lynda.com, and as suggested I have started shooting in RAW...

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Antonio Gil Replied to Ugyen Norbu 4 years, 1 month ago

My pleasure my friend. Glad I could be useful.

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Heike 4 years, 1 month ago

Great light, marvelous photos !

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Ugyen Norbu Replied to Heike 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you very much...

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 1 month ago

These are beautiful. Lovely light too - you were evidently there at the perfect time of day!

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Ugyen Norbu Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Helen.. I rode to this place trying to work during the golden hour.. I want to document the traditional architecture in Bhutan... Hope it will be interesting for viewer, especially from the west...

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